Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
From sidewalk chalk to fun Science Center classes~Elizabeth loves the plastic ball machine~ and kept Carrie really busy with the endless pieces of KNEX. From the Science Center, it was tent time at last. But, rain was in the forecast... no problem-- a little rain is peaceful anyway, right?? Tiki torches lit, popcorn ready, marshmallows done, and Mom- yes Mom, ready to brave the wild for the night~ and 4 children should definitely be considered wild! Then it started to rain~ But a little rain during movie-time is soothing~
Until after movie-time when everyone is fast asleep- except Mom that is, the rain turns into a monsoon-- and we discover the tent is anything but waterproof! Little Lydia and Elizabeth woke up to find they were sleeping in puddles, and Mom had rain spitting in her face. At 12:30am- the tent was abandoned! Not too sure Mom will join them again anytime soon- it gave Mark too much pleasure laughing at me.
Monday, April 21, 2008
What was always thought of a calm, peaceful insect is quite untrue! These little critters are the feistiest, meanest little things around-- I pity any little insects in their way. Sure beats watching goldfish any day! Can't wait to see who survives-
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Happy Spring everyone!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I have certainly not, by any means, arrived at my goal. BUT- I feel better, and that's what's important. Only dropping a few pounds, I figure that's better that gaining a few more and any progress is good.
What I did right: began juicing in the morning again- and while I really dislike juiced carrots and greens- they make me feel so good- it's a kind of good you just can't explain to people. It's almost like you can feel your body's cells soaking up the nutrition and giving you instant energy.
What I did wrong: I ate more veggies, but when going 'out' they usually came on top of lots of bread- even though it was whole wheat and properly 'combined', not the best- that probably stopped a lot of the success I would have had. Live and learn and do better. I also indulged tons on my Mom's great cooking over the weekend-- how can you resist your favorite meals?? And that opened package of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies-- those little suckers are just the perfect bite-sized little tidbits...
So, aside from too much bread, and a weekend of not controlling myself- my own stupid fault, (did I mention the trip to Harry and David's and their Moose Munch free sample days - aghhhh!!?) I feel like this is a journey just beginning. Whole foods just make you feel good- especially in their natural state. I've finally found a nutritious substitute for my coffees and Lattes- woo hoo! In 21 days, I only had 1 fully-loaded, sinful coffee drink- that's a HUGE improvement for me- and last night I actually 'craved' a pear from the above picture-- over a chocolate bar- now that's true progress! I'm learning to take it one day at a time- and all of those days will quickly add up! (Right?) :)
On with the journey...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
All praying mantids (mom had to become educated on the plural form of praying mantis) are apparently sleeping now, and I'm sure will make quite an interesting day. Gotta love real-life homeschool adventures!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I figure that if we desert him for the weekend, maybe he'll make his way out when we'd least expect it? How's that for a theory??
Off we head for an unplugged few days-- have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Pansies don't really count as flowers because they'll die half-way through the season.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I HAD to be obedient- after all, you have to set that example in order to teach it to your children right? And there's poor little Jacob with a true need!
We loaded up and off to our favorite ( >:I ) national retail chain we went. I promised myself NO flowers this year. What's the use- they just die halfway through the season and with the hope of some outside renovation, they'll just get in the way. I'll save myself the hassle and Mark the money--see, I'm always thinking of you darling :)
But then there's that new tent area... it sure looks bare and lonely- kind of un-inviting. And I didn't make any promises about that... Look at it-- that pitiful lonely bench. And I said no flowers - I never said anything about shrubs. Sure am glad Mark taught the kids how to plant :)
And look- those nifty white flowers are solar-powered! Had to add a little 'tackiness' to the tenting area :)
Now once those little bushes (one little speck on each side of the bench) brave the deer and grow a bit, don't you think it'll look MUCH better?? :) And I guarantee that Mark will NEVER notice them, unless he reads this blog- or the children open their cute little mouths :)
Suppose I should go do something constructive!
P.S. Jacob LOVES his new sunglasses! :)
Monday, April 7, 2008
The air was full of laughter and yells as the children ran and played the entire weekend. Welcome back muddy clothes. Play dough time. "This is the way," little grasshoper. Daddy was showing the little ones how to plant a new shrub.Team work! What did Mom do all weekend? Many buckets of soapy water didn't even scratch the surface. How DOES everything get SO dirty over winter?